Former Pakistan cricketer and chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed Sallu, who featured in 5 test matches for Pakistan in the 1960s, has proposed that the the Pakistan government should send legendary squash player Jahangir Khan to the great boxing legend Mohammad Ali’s funeral.
Jahangir Khan holds the record of winning 555 matches consecutively and bagged World Open 6 times and British Open a record ten times during his illustrious career. He is considered as the greatest squash player of all time.
In an interview Sallu said that the it would be the best way to honor a sportsman like Ali by sending Jahangir Khan because it is a historic occassion and the great Pakistan squash player is the best person to represent Pakistan. He also lauded the services of the great Mohammad Ali who left a permanent mark on the world through his boxing and humanitarian work.
“Sportsmen like Muhammad Ali are born in centuries and it is only befitting if the government nominates a legendary player like Jahangir to attend his funeral which will be a historic occassion indeed,” said Sallu while talking to Dawn.
“Muhammad Ali left an indelible mark on this world with his incredible achievements in the sport of boxing and his tremendous services to humanity. I feel that he deserves to be honoured in a befitting manner and none other than the great Jahangir, who also ranks among the greatest sportsmen ever born, should represent the country at the Ali’s funeral.”
“Every single being on this earth knew about Ali and his achievements.
“He also visited Pakistan in the 1980s and enjoyed tremendous popularity in this country where millions would remain glued to tv sets early in the mornings whenever his fights were relayed,” said Sallu.
“I have not seen this kind of charisma and fan following for any other sportsman in my life and that is why I strongly feel that great Jahangir’s presence at Ali’s funeral will be a proper way for Pakistan to pay homage to the legendary boxer.”
Ali retired from boxing in 1981 with a record of 56 wins, 37 by knockout, and five losses. Ali’s diagnosis of Parkinson’s came about three years after he left the ring. He passed away on 4th of June at the Phoenix-area hospital.